I just had to add this... Starbucks is officially coming to Moscow this summer! It's in the paper that they're opening one store in August and seven more in the fall. I'm so excited!!!! There's no other cafe in Moscow where there's no alcohol and no smoking. Mind you, there are some great cafes here--it will just be really nice to have Starbucks added to the mix. I hope that it will have a relaxed "American" feel to it; sometimes I crave a break from Moscow's formality (think of how that mom was dressed to go grocery shopping and imagine her and her friends going for a cup of coffee. Not quite Smallville USA).
Editorial note: I highly doubt that Starbucks coffee will be more expensive than competitors'. One chain, Coffee Mania, has $6.75 lattes--but they are a very high end "ambiance" cafe with wonderful food and people who are there to be seen. That's just not Starbucks' niche. Considering that the most I would ever go there is once a week (now I only buy coffee once a week at the McDonald's cafe--it's actually wonderful, and not regular McDonald's), I'm not really concerned about their prices. Russia just isn't a "to go" society. They don't "get it." Traffic and parking are so difficult that you do NOT stop just to get a cup of coffee. That being said, it would be great to now have access to fresh Starbucks beans that I could brew at home from time to time.
Edited again: Starbucks has been trying for years to open up in Russia, but it had extensive legal difficulties in doing so. Someone had preemptively registered their trademark and basically held it ransom. The Swedish department store H & M is going through similar legal difficulties.